An interesting and enlightening book.
By John and Robert Fear
By Samantha Parker
I loved this book! Reading about the places he visited in South Wales, East Anglia, King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth was particularly poignant as I live in South Wales and have family that live in these areas of the UK. I must admit to previously not knowing very much about Brethren or the 2nd World War, but I found it very interesting to read about his personal experiences, which he shared openly.
The pictures were a valuable and enhancing addition to the book and brought it to life for me as a reader.
The use of quotes was a nice and personal touch and were added sensitively.
The chapters flow well and keep you wanting to read more.
I love how it goes though the years, referring to all aspects of his life.
Herbs and their medical use, that his dad made up for his own use was very interesting.
The way that the story covered his infant years, schooling, employment, getting married having children, losing family members, travelling, retirement in context to his story was excellently written. By using extracts from his diary he managed to provide great references: Air raids, rations, fuel rationed, civil service, etc.
I particularly enjoyed and appreciated the detailed descriptions, such as the hob nailed boots of the miners, which again brought the period and the experience to life.
A highly recommended read and congratulations to author Robert Fear for bringing his father’s story to publication for us experience.
Exclusive Pedigree: My life in and out of the Brethren
John Fear was born into a religious sect known as the Exclusive Brethren. This sheltered him from the outside world as he grew up, but could not hide him from its influences. A struggle began in his mind that led him to leave the Brethren, along with his young family.
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